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Bangkok: Damnoen Saduak Market and Maeklong Railway Market

1. Bangkok: Damnoen Saduak Market and Maeklong Railway Market

Choose from either a shared group or private guided experience to see 2 iconic markets on a day trip from Bangkok. See a market located on the railway tracks, the Maeklong Railway Market, and a market that floats on the canals at the Damnoen Saduak Market. After pickup, arrive at the Maeklong Railway Market, also known as Talad Rom Hup (“Umbrella Pulldown Market”). Maeklong is one of the largest fresh seafood markets in Thailand and hugs the track of the Maeklong Railway. Gain fascinating insights into how the market is run and what products are sold here from your local guide. Marvel at how market stalls and awnings are pulled back from the tracks every time a train approaches to let the train pass through. Next, head to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, one of the most famous floating markets in Thailand. To reach the market, take a short ride in a paddleboat. Enjoy plenty of time to meander around the colorful market, where friendly vendors sell directly from their boats. Take in the sights and sounds, and try local specialties like mango sticky rice. Your guide will give you advice on what not to miss. Return to Bangkok in time for the early afternoon.

From Bangkok: Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Tour

2. From Bangkok: Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Tour

Depart from Bangkok in the morning and head to Ratchaburi Province, home of the famous Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Along the way, make a quick stop to visit a traditional Thai house, where you can see locals making brown coconut sugar. Explore the house and its surrounding area, which is home to many different animals living on the coconut plantation. Continue your trip by boarding a paddle boat for a ride along narrow canals to the floating market. See the local houses lining the canals and take a quick glance at their way of living, while you pass by.  Once you arrive at the market, see the amazing array of vendors in their boats selling fresh products, from fruits and vegetables to prepared dishes. Explore the floating market at your leisure for about an hour and take time to try some authentic Thai foods, such as Pad Thai, Mango Sticky Rice, Boat Noodles or Coconut Ice Cream sold along the canal.  Meet up with your guide to head back to the meeting point in Bangkok, where you will arrive between 1:30 PM and 2:00 PM. 

From Bangkok: Floating and Railway Markets Tour

3. From Bangkok: Floating and Railway Markets Tour

Experience the diversity of Thai life by visiting 2 vibrant markets and 2 farms in Samut Songkhram. You'll have a chance to shop by boat and visit floating stalls, then get back on land to learn hands-on coconut and salt farming skills from locals.  Meet your guide at your hotel to set off for your first excursion of the day, Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, located on Thailand’s longest canal.  Visit vendors and sample Thai foods, such as sweet mango on sticky rice, freshly made coconut ice cream, and Thai-style boat noodles as you tour the market by longtail boat. Learn about the history of this 100-year-old tradition of selling goods on the water.  Continue exploring, making your way to Mae Klong Railway Market, where vendors set up shop alongside the train tracks, selling everything from dried spices and durian fruit to seafood and meats. Since 1905, the trains and vendors have co-existed: the train signals and people rush to remove their stalls, earning this spot the nickname, "umbrella pull-down market.” This vibrant activity takes place several times a day. Next up is a quieter scene at a nearby coconut sugar farm. Learn how Thai farmers produce coconut nectar: watch a demonstration of the liquid being boiled and pasteurized. Take part in a mini-workshop where you get to stir the nectar as it pasteurizes to become a drinkable delicacy.  Spend the last of your day trip at a field where sea salt is produced. Discover this fascinating type of saltwater farming, watching the farmer harness the strength of sunlight and wind. Join a short salt-rubbing workshop, then snap some photos before being taken back to your hotel. Explore Thailand more after the tour, with an augmented reality (AR) app (download instructions received after booking on confirmation voucher). Use your smartphone to access this interactive experience where the real world is enhanced by technology.

From Bangkok: Floating Market and Ayutthaya Tour in Spanish

4. From Bangkok: Floating Market and Ayutthaya Tour in Spanish

Travel to some of the hottest sights outside of Bankok on this day trip in an airconditioned vehicle. See the train pass at the Maeklong Railway Market, take a longtail boat to the Floating market, and visit the UNESCO-listed Ayutthaya to visit ancient ruins. Begin at the meeting point for those on the group tour, or with hotel pickup for guests who opt for the private option. Depart Bangkok early in the morning and head out on the journey to the Maeklong Railway Market. Explore the market with your Spanish-speaking guide, mingle with the locals going about their day and wait for the iconic moment when the local train passes through. Board a longtail boat next and sail to the fascinating Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Spend an hour exploring this unique location and marvel at the locals selling their produce from paddleboats. Shop for snacks, souvenirs, and handcrafts. Don’t forget to sample some authentic regional food while you’re there. Continue the tour to Ayutthaya and stop for a delicious Thai lunch. After lunch, visit a selection of iconic temples including the Wat Mahathat, which is enshrined with Buddha relics. Explore Wat Yai Chaimongkol next, and the impressive Wat Chai Wattanaram. Return to your starting point in Bangkok in the evening.

From Bangkok: Mae Klong Market, Floating Market & Boat Tour

5. From Bangkok: Mae Klong Market, Floating Market & Boat Tour

Depart Bangkok and journey southwest for about an hour past the sea salt farms and local villages on the side of the road. Arrive at Maeklong Railway Market and learn how the stalls of fresh seafood built on the train tracks respond every time a train passes through. Continue to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, via a coconut farm if time permits. Immerse yourself in the everyday hustle and bustle as the locals buy their food and household goods. Ride through the market by boat, and try your hand at haggling for a bargain. Select the private option to also have an experience at a local farm. Learn how to harvest coconut and take a rewarding drink from it.

Grand Palace, Damnoen Floating Market & Maeklong Market Tour

6. Grand Palace, Damnoen Floating Market & Maeklong Market Tour

Spend a day discovering some of the best markets and temples that Bangkok has to offer. Enjoy a combination of local culture, sightseeing, and food tastings. First, visit the Maeklong Railway Market. Called "Talat Rom Hup" which roughly means "umbrella pulldown market", watch the vendors scramble to pack up their stalls when a train goes by along the track that runs through the market. Explore and hopefully see the train pass before making way to the next stop, the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Discover one of the more famous floating markets in the city, which is made up of a network of narrow canals dotted with vendors paddling their boats filled with their wares. From local produce to souvenir items, take in the organized chaos on the river before stopping for lunch in a local restaurant, at your own expense. After indulging in a variety of tasty Thai foods, set off to visit Wat Phra Kaew, also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, which is one of the country’s most sacred temples. Take in the tranquil and spiritual environment before making your way to the Grand Palace. Marvel at the exquisite architecture and numerous images here, once home to the Thai royal family up until the early 1900s.

From Bangkok: Kanchanaburi Tour with Floating Market Visit

7. From Bangkok: Kanchanaburi Tour with Floating Market Visit

Start your tour with pickup from your hotel in Bangkok at 7 AM and discover the highlights of the Kanchanaburi Province in western Thailand in just one day. Enjoy a private day trip to visit Maeklong Railway Market and the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Travel to the Maeklong Railway Market where you can see the trains passing. Take a private boat tour through the Damnoensaduak Floating Market and see the farms and traditional Thai-style houses along the canal. Walk around the first floating market of Thailand, where the villagers sell fruit and other food products on their paddle boats. Afterward, enjoy transfer to Kanchanaburi Province where you will have an optional Thai lunch at a local restaurant. Visit the bridge over the River Kwai and learn about its WWII history. Visit Krasae Cave Bridge and board the train from Krasae Cave Station to Tha-Kilen Station. End your tour with drop off at your hotel in Bangkok at around 7:00 PM.

Private Guided Day Tour: Bangkok with Public Transport

8. Private Guided Day Tour: Bangkok with Public Transport

Book yourself or your group on this personalized 8-hour tour around Bangkok, or venture out to nearby provinces to get a unique insight in to Thai culture with a local. The private tour can be tailored to your interests, whether you want to visit the historic sights or neighborhood lifestyles. Visit the ornate murals of the Grand Palace or take in the Bang Pa-In Summer Palace at Ayutthaya. The Summer Palace is set on lovely grounds on the banks of the Chao Praya River and is one of the best-maintained attractions in Thailand. One of the most popular attractions close to Bangkok, you will feel like a king as you wander through the vast complex. While in Ayutthaya, take in the Historical Park. The Siamese moved their capital to Ayutthaya around 1350 AD and created a royal palace and many impressive monasteries and Wats in the area. In the mid 1800's the Burmese sacked it and the city was abandoned. Now a UNESCO protected World Heritage Site, you can explore the historic temples scattered around the encircling river. If you prefer, head to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and see Thais going about their everyday life in a truly unique setting. Stay in downtown Bangkok to visit sites such as the Khao San Road, Chatuchak Market and reclining Buddha at Wat Pho. Transportation is via the Bangkok skytrain, or by taxi where needed. If you want to venture further afield, you will be taken by comfortable minivan and have the services of a professional driver. Everything can be arranged through your friendly guide, who will take you to the areas most of interest to you and share their expert local knowledge in a fun and fascinating way to make the city your Bangkok.

Damnoen Saduak, Reclining Buddha, and Wat Arun Private Tour

9. Damnoen Saduak, Reclining Buddha, and Wat Arun Private Tour

Spend a full day visiting popular markets and famous temples in Bangkok on a private tour, complete with private, air-conditioned car and personal guide. Start with a visit to the Maeklong railway market and explore the stalls that are actually set up on the tracks. Make a quick stop at a coconut farm to learn about the production of coconut sugar, then continue to the vibrant and colorful Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Enjoy a boat ride on a small long boat through the market as you see local vendors paddle their boats to sell things along the canals. Return to Bangkok for lunch at a local restaurant before visiting the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. Wat Pho is home to a 46-meter-long and 15-meter-high Buddha statue and the first open university of Thailand. The final stop on the tour is Wat Arun, better known as the Temple of Dawn which had existed since the 17th century. Afterwards, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Bangkok.

Damnoen Saduak Full-Day Bicycle Tour from Bangkok

10. Damnoen Saduak Full-Day Bicycle Tour from Bangkok

Around 08:00 you will leave from Bangkok to Damnoen Saduak floating market, in a fully equipped air-conditioned car/minivan. At Damnoen Saduak, start with a long-tail boat ride through a maze of canals cutting through local villages and plantations and see how the locals live here. Furthermore, visit a coconut plantation where they make palm and coconut sugar in a traditional Thai way. After you have visited Damnoen Saduak floating market, your bicycle is waiting for you to continue this adventure. Ride along quiet country back roads, plantation trails and unpaved flat roads. Depending on the season, you will see grapes, lychee, pomelo and coconuts growing in trees and plants, ready to be harvested. Besides the overwhelming nature along the Mae Klong River delta there are a few beautiful temples our guide would like to show you and tell you more about. “Wat Bang Kung” dates out of the Ayutthaya period, is more than 500 years old, and is famous for the small chapel that is completely enclosed within the roots of a banyan tree, called Bot Prok Po. It’s like the tree itself is the pillar of the temple and without it will fall. “Wat Bang Kae Noi”, built in 1868, inside is covered with wood carving depicting the life of Buddha. Three life sized wax statues of famous Thai monks complete this remarkable temple. The ride continues over small wooden bridges hanging over canals along the Mae Klong River until reaching the ferry to cross us to the Amphawa market. Here you will have a chance to stroll the local market and/or visit King Rama II park before heading back to Bangkok by car/minivan.

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based on 3,222 reviews

Tammy and our driver were excellent. Everything from the straight forward meetup and check-in to the guided commentary enroute, train ride and market stops was just right. The train ride through the market and then wandering through was a really nice dual experience as you get two views. We had about 45 mins at Maeklong to walk through which was enough (you could probably spend all day there but if you want to do that best do the trip on your own) and ample time for getting food and souvenirs along the track, taking copious photos and seeing the train come through! pick up fruit snacks here as it is one of the cheapest places for it! The floating market was alot of fun. A really nice paddle boat ride (30+ mins) and then free time in the market which was just lovely (70-80mins). Go for a stroll to the quieter parts and just sit at one or two of the cafes or restaurants with some food and a drink. the boat noodles from one of the ladies in the boats was delicious and a unique experience.

A really fun day trip. It's definitely worth experiencing both the markets and enjoying some local street food at the Saduak Market.

Well organized and on time. Both markets were interesting and the places we stopped to see the train pass by where we’ll chosen.

It was nicely arranged and organised. The host was great and the transportation was bang on time. A must try for all.

Really good trip, both places were really interesting. Well worth the visit.